Employees 'value working relationships'

Having a good relationship with work colleagues has been deemed the most satisfying aspect of a job, according to a new poll.

No doubt, the pay and day to day aspects of a job are crucial, but in a poll of 1,000 UK workers a key part of being happy in their job came from their relationship with other workers.

OnePoll conducted the survey which showed that 70% chose their workmates as the most important factor in their employment happiness while only 55% said their salary was the most important factor.

It's no surprise that if we get along with our work colleagues our lives are more satisfying, as people who work around 40 hours per week for five days a week spend roughly the same amount of time at work as they do at home with loved ones.

The results showed that men are more concerned with money than women, with 42% of male workers admitting that they would take a higher pay packet over working with colleagues they get along with. However, just over one quarter of women said the same.

Different age ranges provoked different responses in the poll, with almost three quarters of employees aged between 45 and 54 saying that they would rather work with people they liked rather than take a pay rise and work with people they did not respect.

Younger people, those between the ages of 25 and 34, said that they would take a pay rise over having respectable colleagues. This perhaps reflects the difficulty of getting a job in this day and age for younger people in the UK.

Employers felt the same about the situation and are aware of employees' happiness being derived from their working relationships. Two-thirds of employers said that happy employees work better, making them better at their jobs.

Other top factors in being happy at work included feeling valued, being able to work suited hours, as well as good holidays and benefits packages.

Many people also included a short commute, the workplace location and having a good relationship with their boss in the top ten aspects.

Copyright Press Association 2012